Duality consists of two major projects: “Out of Touch” and “In Touch”. 

“In Touch” was a journey of recovering my lost childhood through others and living life to its fullest after I almost lost it at the age of 14 when I got sick with cancer. At the time I was invited to a camp for ill children called Barretstown. There, I regained confidence and faith in the world and later I got involved working and volunteering. My colleague Rita, invited me to her community in Uganda to spend time and photograph, which led me to the first picture of the “In touch” project. My close relationships with people through Barretstown gave me the opportunity to be invited to communities around the world.

I began exploring the idea of a “lost” way of living: a life connected to nature and to each other through documentary photographs of everyday life while looking for answers about my own place in the world. 

“Out of touch, in contrast to “In Touch”, is a portrayal of modern life, mostly in the western world. I remember being in a shopping mall, thinking “we are so out of touch with nature that we only using it as a resource”. In malls, children are growing up with the image of consumerism, in closed spaces with no natural light, making them lose the sense of time. There are unrealistic beauty standards and an overflow of information. Our dogmas, ignorance and a sense of not being present made me try to describe what was “bothering” me. Reflecting on myself through others I explored the idea of disconnection from ourselves, each other, and nature. 

Although “In Touch” was photographed first, I wanted the narration suggesting the reasons we got to be out of touch, with the second part reminding us, as well as suggesting an “old-new” way of life: a simpler life focused on what matters. 

Duality is a 10-year snapshot of humanity from my perspective.

Introduction by David Gibson


Duality – by Stylianos Papardelas

Size: 30,5 x 20,7 cm

Cover: Hardcover

Paper:  Out of Touch part: Magno Volume 135gsm / In Touch part: Munken Lynx Rough 120gsm

Printing technique: Offset printing, CMYK + spot color (Rich Black)

Weight: 900g

Pages: 176

Introduction: David Gibson

Photographs: Stylianos Papardelas
Layout and Design: Stylianos Papardelas, Dimitris M.
Publisher: Self-published
Production: Mougos Typo


“The story is biblical, mankind together whether in

a dry or lush green landscape, or urban setting. The roots — and a parting

wild thought— is that Stelios, has in some strange way updated the famous

Family of Man exhibition from the 1950s. Edward Steichen’s wide-ranging

photographic survey propelled by unsullied optimism was a global hit. There

was no duality, no downside or alternative, everything was airbrushed hope.

Nothing wrong with that, at the time it was probably needed.

It’s ridiculous to even faintly compare this book to the Family of Man but there

is a connection. Stelios presents a digital update that celebrates the real

world with all its dual aspects and contradictions.” – David Gibson






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